2018 National DRU Network Summit

Thank you for joining us for the 2018 National DRU Summit at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.  The Summit session slides have been posted along with the agenda. To access the slides, click on the paperclip icon to the left of the session title.

2018 DRU Network Summit Agenda

The DRU Network most recently held a national summit at the University of Oregon on April 4 & 5, 2018. Since 2005, the DRU Network has offered a simple yet effective means to increase communication, coordination, and collaboration between campuses to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, continue operations during, and recover from national disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human-caused crises or disasters. The 2018 National DRU Network Summit built upon that historical framework by offering participants new tools, resources, and ideas for making campuses more disaster resilient. The Summit featured presentations by higher education experts and thought leaders, as well as peer-to-peer discussions, workgroups, and networking sessions to help members advance the concept of resilience on their campuses.

Day one opened with a presentation by John Vargo, Executive Director of Resilient Organizations, on "What is Resilience?" This was followed by an overview of Strategic Doing, a collaborative and interactive approach to strategic planning that can be applied to campus resilience efforts, by Robert Parker, Executive Director of the Community Service Center, which included lessons learned at the University of Oregon by Andre Le Duc. In the afternoon, panelists from Simon Fraser University and the University of Oregon discussed how to build productive multi-disciplinary teams designed to problem solve in today's fast-paced higher education environment. After, a second panel focused on addressing the long term impacts of traumatic events on campus. The panelists included Kristina Anderson, Virginia Tech shooting survivor and Executive Director of the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools; Jennifer Bornemann, Commander in the United States Public Health Service that responded to the Umpqua Community College shooting; and Vanessa Becker, former Chair Person for the Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees and member of the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Committee.

On the evening of April 4th, Kristina Anderson gave a public talk in which she shared a candid, first-hand account of her personal experience, journey towards recovery, and her mission to educate others in how to take personal accountability to create active threat response plans, as well as how to communicate the importance of violence prevention within our institutions of learning and greater communities.

On day two, Dr. Douglas Toomey, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon, and Lucy Walsh, ShakeAlert Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, gave a presentation on ShakeAlert, an early earthquake warning system. A presentation on other resources and tools followed, which included presentations by Andre Le Duc on behalf of the National Center for Campus Public Safety; Bronwyn Roberts, Esq., Project Director at the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center; and Russell Oyeno, Ph.D., Associate Director for Instructional Systems Design and Delivery at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. The final presentation of the Summit was an overview of the UO Campus GIS and Mapping Program by Ken Kato, Director of Campus Mapping and GIS at the University of Oregon.

Over the two days, there were four interactive small-group discussion sessions designed to link, leverage, and align resources to enhance safety initiatives members are pursuing. The topics included building effective teams and partnerships; recovery and continuity planning; engaging leadership in response, continuity, and recovery; and organizational resilience and enterprise risk management.

Special thanks to the 2018 DRU Summit Partners:

University of Oregon
Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
University of California, San Francisco
Portland State University
Washington State University
Stanford University
Oregon Community College Association
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities
NDPTC at the University of Hawaii


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